'Tom Douglas' on Serious Eats

Pizza City Guides: Tom Douglas's Seattle

To say that we trust Tom Douglas when it comes to Seattle's restaurant scene would be an understatement. We've asked him to recommend everything from his favorite eateries to Seattle's best burgers. Of course, it doesn't hurt that the chef just happened to be crowned the nation's Best Restaurateur at last year's James Beard awards. With 12 restaurants under his belt, including two pretty serious pie shops—not to mention a catering business, a line of specialty foods, and a professional bakery—we figured it was high time to get his take on Seattle's expanding pizza scene. More

Tom Douglas's Guide to Where to Eat in Seattle, WA

Our buddy Tom Douglas is perhaps Seattle's best-known chef-restaurateur. He has two pizzerias, a bakery, a Greek spot, a tavern, a seabar, a biscuit-erie (yes, it's now a word), and other eateries all over town. The man knows how to feed people—and he also knows how to feed himself! Tom shared his favorites for pizza, doughnuts, dive bars, and more around Seattle. More

Burger City Guides: Tom Douglas's Favorite Burgers in Seattle

With 10+ restaurants and a James Beard award for Best Northwest Chef under his belt, Tom Douglas is a staple of the Seattle dining scene. And if there's one thing Tom does best, it's burgers. Chefs city-wide source their buns from his bakery, Dahlia Bakery, and diners come to his restaurants Palace Kitchen and Brave Horse Tavern to experience his elevated renditions of the fast-food classic. Here are Tom's top five Seattle burgers. More

Critic-Turned-Cook Steps Up Her Game at Tom Douglas' Culinary Camp

I went to camp this week. Not weenie-roasting, Kumbaya-singing, capture-the-flag camp, but the Tom Douglas Culinary Camp: five days of demos and eating, cooking competitions and more eating, then some drinking and some snacks, and maybe the chance to chat up a famous chef like Vikram Vij from Vij's in Vancouver, B.C., a restaurant that's so freaking fantastic people are willing to wait three hours for a table. More

Critic-Turned-Cook Searches for Signature Dish

What's your signature dish? You don't have to be a four-star chef to have a dish that defines you. My grandmother was famous for her baked beans, fried chicken, and snappy dill pickles. Like the scribbled handwriting that has become illegible over time, my signature dish has shifted through the years. More

Critic-Turned-Cook Enjoys a Double Helping of Mario Batali

Watching a playful exchange between culinary giants Mario Batali and Tom Douglas reminded me of a key ingredient in the making of a great chef: that intangible quality known as charisma. You can't learn it in cooking school. You can't fake it until you make it. You've either got it or you don't. And those two have got it going on. More

Palace Kitchen in Seattle: The Best Tom Douglas Restaurant?

Smoky lamb sausage appetizer and gateau basque dessert. [Photographs: Erin Zimmer] Palace Kitchen 2030 5th Avenue, Seattle Washington 98121 (b/n Virginia and Lenora Street; map); 206-448-2001 tomdouglas.com/palace-kitchen Tom Douglas has a bakery, pizzeria, seafood restaurant, Greek spot, and two other eateries in Seattle, all within walking distance of each other. Depending on what food mood you're in, you'll find the right one—or if you're just hungry (and in town for a day) you'll feel overwhelmed and confused. Which to pick?! On a recent visit, Carey and I squeezed in both Palace Kitchen for dinner and Dahlia Bakery for breakfast within about ten hours of each other. We were that serious about experiencing the Tom Douglas juggernaut that Ed (and... More

Serious Pie: Seattle's Favorite Pizzeria Lives Up to Its Name

Daniel Zemans, our man in Chicago, checks in with another piece of intel from the road, this time Seattle. --The Mgmt. My camera is level; the ground in Seattle is not. [Photographs: Daniel Zemans] Serious Pie 316 Virginia St., Seattle, WA 98101 (map); (206) 838-7388‎; Website Pizza Style: Artisanal Oven Type: Wood-fired The Skinny: The Restaurant King of Seattle turns out some top-quality pies with top-notch ingredients and an incredibly airy crust Price: Pies range from $14 to $16. During happy hour, 3–5 p.m., M–F, half-sized pies are available for $5 each After three fantastic days on Orcas Island, an... More

What Are You Grilling This Labor Day Weekend?

Labor Day weekend brings grills out in force in this country, and I'm definitely going to be cranking up my decrepit Weber Kettle on Cape Cod (Note to self: replace the Kettle next summer). Though my wife Vicky is going to be after me to grill something healthy like fish or boneless, skinless chicken breasts, I'm afraid I'm leaning toward steak, specifically my friend and sometime co-author Tom Douglas' Rib Eye Steak with Garlic Bruschetta and Aged Balsamic Vinegar. It comes from Tom's cookbook, Tom Douglas' Seattle Kitchen. This recipe is easy, quick, and will have your guests moaning with pleasure. Tom calls for boneless rib-eyes, but if you can find bone-in rib steaks buy them. The bone imparts a... More

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